31 January 2020

January 2020




I made this quilt in 1988. That is 32 years ago! I loved  the sampler center, but the recipient's bed was king size, so I had to make it larger. I thoroughly dislike that wide border. Let me explain something. This quilt was made ala Georgia Bonesteel's quilt as you go and was handquilted. That was all right for the center but to make it bigger with that super wide border and then hand quilt it was not a good idea. It should have had a series of borders, but, nope, I wanted to get it done.

I've always wanted to hang this quilt on the wall at Valentine's but it was just too large. I've tried putting it on my bed but my mattress is much deeper than the bed this quilt used to be on. So I've been cogitating on it and I think I've come up with a plan. Watch this space for further developments.


I've been super busy at work lately. I gave my retirement notice in December and now I'm placing ads on inDeed and Craigslist trying to hire someone to replace me. It's not easy! I hope to be able to get to this quilt once I have a bit more time.

Take care, my friends.

31 December 2019

December 2019

The snow from the Thanksgiving storm still lingers around. The side roads are almost impassible. I thought I was going to get hung up on a big ice hill when I left the bank today. It's a good thing this car is going to be used as a trade in for a newer vehicle, because these roads are beating it to death.

The Hubs and I totally rearranged the living room to make a spot for the Christmas tree. The funny thing is that we both like the new arrangement and will probably keep it like this even after Christmas.

My trigger thumb is not getting any better. Thank goodness I have an appointment with a hand doctor on Tuesday. Are you curious what trigger thumb is? Trigger thumb is a condition that causes your thumb to get stuck in a bent position. Trigger thumb causes stiffness when bending the thumb or hear snapping and popping when moving it. I have both. I have stopped ALL handwork. But I've been reading a lot more and doing simple chores. Nothing that involves lifting because I don't know when the thumb will give out and whatever I'm holding with crash to the floor. 

There were two problems with my car that got fixed. One was very inconvenient and involved poking a pen or other narrow item into a hole in the steering column so the ignition could be totally turned off and the key removed. The other was more serious in that there were no brake lights. A new wire here and a new brake light switch there and $$$ the car is fixed. For now. Things are starting to go wrong at an alarming rate with this vehicle so it is time to get rid of it. Car shopping. UGH.

Speaking of cars...

Look what I found in the engine compartment of my car. I popped the hood to add some windshield washer fluid and I found one in each corner tucked up by the firewall. Silly squirrels. I remember when I was a teenager my mom's car wouldn't start. We lived in the mountains and she always parked in the garage after a horse nibbled the rib of her convertible top and she had to replace it. Anyway, the car wouldn't start, so Dad popped the hood and removed the cover of the air filter. No wonder it wouldn't start! The air filter was packed to bursting with dog food. It was mice that time.

And so, several days before Christmas, the furnace starting acting strange. After a call to an HVAC company, it turns out that the thermal coupler was going bad. New coupler = happy quilter. We have the kids and grands coming and no heat was not an option.

Now it is the last day of 2019. I can't stay up late any more so the Hubs and I usually don't go out on New Year's Eve. We did, however, go to a movie today. We went to a new theater in town that is dine-in. Yes, you read that right!. There is a button on the heated recliner to summon a server. The server takes your order and swipes your card. Soon, your order comes out. The Hubs ordered popcorn and a soda. That was a good thing because I can't imagine trying to eat nachos or a brat in the dark; I can't keep food off the front of me in the light. What did we see? The latest Star Wars movie - Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. It was good. It was loud. My recliner vibrated with the sound.

Well, Happy New Year all!
 

30 November 2019

November 2019

Well, here it is November already and the sky is dark at 4:00PM. My body doesn't really know what to do with this daylight saving time.

I really dislike wintertime at work. The building was built in 1904 and the outside wall (where my desk sits) is just a block wall with no insulation. My boss keeps turning down the heat so I've given up and leave it at 62. Yes, 62! I wear 3 layers of clothes to try to keep warm. My hands are really feeling the cold and arthritis has flared up in my right hand. It stiffens up and hurts so bad. I wear finger-less mitts but the pain doesn't subside until I get home and warm up.

The Hubs and I went to Black Hawk for an overnight visit. Gambling just isn't my thing but I went with him. I don't know what riled up my allergies, but by Friday morning I could barely see. How can a person's eyes be red, swollen and itchy but still be streaming tears? I bought a packet with one Claritin pill at the gift shop for a whopping 3.95! Expensive little pill.Oh, and BTW, I lost.

A massive winter storm has moved into the area. I70 is closed from Denver east to the Kansas border and west at Idaho Springs due to rock slides. Colorado is essentially closed. We have 12" and counting. The Hubs is stating that we only have 5". Ha! my eyes see more than that and it is still snowing.

Thanksgiving was uneventful and I like it like that. The family came for dinner except for my DIL who had to work. I bought a fresh, non-GMO, non-antibiotic turkey from the natural market and it was the best turkey I've ever cooked and eaten! Coupled with a wonderful weight watcher's recipe for fresh cranberries and all the other trimmings, the meal turned out great. For the first time, I made mashed potatoes and then kept them warm in the slow cooker. I do recommend this method as it eases the stress of the day just a bit.





31 October 2019

October 2019


I crochet and knit blankets and afghans for Project Linus. This is one I made earlier this year that works quite well for Halloween, doesn't it?

Work on the hoarder house is just about complete. Hubby and I sold and closed on the house this month. It has been a long and hard year. I hope that none of you will have to do this type of thing. It is one thing to deal with a death were the person has everything in order but this wasn't one of those.

I hope all the family will accept the amount of inheritance as "anything you get is profit", but there will be one person who I believe will complain that it wasn't enough. Doesn't it seem that there is always one in the family?

I'm quilting away on quilts that have been stacking up. I love using the Crayola Washable Markers to mark a quilt top before quilting. I haven't had any problem with them not washing out until this quilt and I noticed that on one certain fabric the marker that I used (was it the brown one?) left a shadow. It washed out in a subsequent washing. I've heard that the yellow? (or was it orange?) is tricky.  I haven't used those 2 colors so I think I'll test them. Have any of you tried the markers? What did you think?


I'm crocheting a sweet little pale pink blanket for Project Linus. It isn't finished yet, so there is no available photo.




Of course, I made my own Halloween costume again this year. I was a hallucinogenic mushroom. What an easy costume to make! I didn't win any of the prizes at the Halloween party but DH won second place for his pinstriped mobster. Woohoo hubby!

We are currently experiencing the second of two winter storms here. The streets were really icy on the drive home. I remember how to drive in ice and snow but there are so many transplants here that it is dicey with all the new drivers to snow.

My car is slowly dying. I think there is a leak in some gas vapor regulator (it's the gas pressure regulator) because at certain times I can smell gas in the interior and outside right at the windshield. It also started to not release the key from the ignition. We solved that problem by popping out a plug on the steering column and inserting a pen to push up a release. With the other hand turn the key off and remove it. Not ideal, but it works. I need a new vehicle.


30 September 2019

September 2019


Hubby and I went to my 50th high school reunion this month. The picture is of us at my 40th reunion. What I couldn't figure out was who were all those old people! It was a bit embarrassing that my ability to not remember names was highly visible. "Hi, you!" "What has been happening in the 10 years since we last met?"


I have actually made a quilt! Will wonders never cease?  I used two different fabrics: a stripe (that you can see in the border) and an allover triangle fabric. I measured the repeat on the stripe and then cut squares. Then I cut squares from the triangle fabric. It is a good sized quilt: about 55x60". It is in the giveaway pile until it tells me who it belongs to.

I'm working on a secret project that will be revealed once the quilt is gifted. I can't say much more or it will give the secret away.

Today is a damp and drizzly day. Tomorrow will be warmer and the temp should be back up close to 80 by Friday.

I need to start working on my Halloween costume. Last year my costume was too subtle so this year it will be a highly visible costume. Also it will be comfortable. My costumes are always comfy since I don't like uncomfortable clothes.


31 August 2019

August 2019

Yes! It's true. I am no longer on crutches. My legs, however, are as weak as a baby's. It's a slow process to add weight bearing back into the equation.

I've been walking as much as I can downtown because the sidewalks are level. I also still go to the physical therapist. One day I will be as I was before, hopefully better that before.

04 August 2019

July 2019

Another month of crutches. Are you counting? This makes 8 weeks on them. I am heartily tired of them: my other knee hurts now, my hands are trashed and I have calluses in my armpits. Ugh.

I did finish something this month. As you might know, my sewing room is in the basement. I went down the stairs like a little kid by one step at a time on my butt. I quilted this queen sized flannel quilt that I had pin basted before my little accident. It's a good thing I basted it before because I know I couldn't have done it on crutches.  It's just big 10" squares.


The second picture is truer to the actual color of the quilt.

I made and then gave this quilt to my son and DIL so they can trade it for babysitting. They want to go on an adult weekend (no kids) and this is my way of helping. Their babysitter has always wanted a quilt so I made one for her. Win/win.